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Brood Parasites

What if you could just drop your kids off at someone else’s place and let them have the responsibility? Well, there are some animals that do just that. They’re called brood parasites, and they lay their eggs in other animals’ nests and let them do all of the hard work.

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Olfactory cues in host nest detection by the social parasite Polistes sulcifer (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)
Fast Growth of Immature Brood in a Social Parasite Wasp: A Convergent Evolution between Avian and Insect Cuckoos
Reproductive caste determination in eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
The Brilliant Ways Parasitic Birds Terrorize Their Victims
Cuckoos in raptors’ clothing: barred plumage illuminates a fundamental principle of Batesian mimicry
Cuckoos use mafia-style tactics to raise young
Neighbourhood watch and more: how reed warblers watch out when there’s a cuckoo about
Alloparental care in fishes
To Beat a Parasite, Birds Teach Their Young a Secret Password
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